Stacey and Benjamin were married in the glorious Kangaroo Valley in the Southern Highlands. Although it was a hot 45 degree day, nothing could melt the love in the air.

One of the benefits of being a wedding cinematographer is being able to film in unusual places. At Marry Me Movies, this was our first time filming in a rock cathedral. We loved it!

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a stunning and secret location; you definitely found heaven on earth!

About Marry Me Movies: As wedding cinematographers we don’t just ‘video your wedding’, we capture priceless moments and memories. We use cinematic quality imagery combined with a documentary style of storytelling to create a spellbinding wedding film. A ‘forever film’ that will ignite memories and infuse magic into any moment of any day, for the rest of your days – allowing you to fall in love again and again.

Top 3 Things I Wish Our Clients Knew - Gill At Paddington Weddings

It is important to be yourself on your wedding day. Just because a gown suits you doesn’t mean you should wear it if it makes you feel uncomfortable, however good it looks! I always say to our brides that you want to look like a slightly more glamorous version of ‘YOU’ as you walk down the aisle. We don’t want your fiance wondering who that is standing next to him, he loves you for you after all. Pick a gown you feel the most yourself in and enjoy it.

Secondly, if you are going on a huge fitness campaign before your wedding day. please do it early and not the month of your wedding. We measure our brides 12 weeks out from the wedding and then start to create her gown over five fittings; this allows us to cut the gown hopefully at the shape the bride will be and then no huge alterations should be needed. If you have to take a gown in several sizes at the end it can start to buckle and twist and not look as perfect. Again just be yourself and pick a gown that suits your body shape as it is and then any changes are a bonus not a necessity.

And last but not least, ‘less is always more!’ I find the most simple, elegant bridal gowns have the most pop on the day. Avoid an over designed gown which swamps you. Pick a wedding dress created in beautiful fabric that is cut to perfection and let that and YOU shine.


Ms Chinoiserie Says: The old adage about ‘less is more’ is so true; keep things simple and let your inner beauty shine through on your very special day!

About Paddington Weddings: Incorporating Bertossi Brides, our ‘less is more’ philosophy has built up an excellent reputation within the Australian bridal industry, winning many awards over the last 25 years. We are renowned for our simple, classical and elegant designs, only working with the best quality silks and European laces.

Photographer: Studio Impressions / Bride's Dress: Paddington Brides / Venue: Maleny Manor / Flowers: Mondo Floral Designs / Styling: Rolling Scissors / Styling: Boudoir Blush Makeup Artistry
Top 5 Ways To Take Precious Time Out Together On Your Wedding Day

Any couple that has included a little time out for themselves in their wedding day schedule will very likely tell you it was one of the highlights of their day.

Simply being able to share some precious, quiet moments together away from the hustle and bustle of excited guests, to catch up, reflect and bask in the glow of being happy newlyweds!

There are many ways to get that valuable time out together, so at Brisbane City Celebrants we have put together our top five ways to give you  that precious alone time on your special day.

1. Gondola or Boat Ride 

Couples that tie the knot near a river or lake may enjoy a romantic gondola ride together between the ceremony and reception, or you could do this at the end of the day to unwind from the celebrations and take it all in. One of our bride’s parents surprised the newlyweds with a private midnight gondola ride from their reception across the Brisbane River to their city hotel and they described the experience as absolute bliss.

2. Champagne and Nibbles

Another option is to arrange for your wedding decorator to create a beautifully styled area, like a bar table with a chilled bottle of your favourite French Champagne at the ready. Once your guests have left the ceremony area to head to the reception, take a break from photoS (or let your photographer discreetly capture you from a distance) while you enjoy a glass or two of bubbly and fill each other in on how you are feeling or compare similarities on the surprise wedding vows you’ve just shared!

Taking those precious moments together was the inspiration behind this styled shoot, demonstrating the kind of relaxed settings that can be created to enjoy those precious newlywed moments before you join your guests at your reception.

3. Picnic for Two

A relaxed alternative is a picnic rug for you to kick back, pull off the heels and snack on some tasty nibbles as you enjoy each other’s company and be in the moment.

4. Visit your Special Place

Do you have a favourite park you like to visit at weekends, or perhaps you have an annual pass to the koala park, or a favourite food truck or ice cream van? Consider incorporating these places that are special to you (if distance permits), into your location shoot with your photographer/ videographer. Not only will you feel relaxed and enjoy yourselves which will shine through in your images, but guaranteed, you will reflect on your wedding day with such fond memories during future visits to your special place.

5. Sweetheart Table

Consider incorporating this American wedding tradition in to your day. Instead of having a long bridal table with all your bridal party, simply have a beautifully styled table for two that looks on to all the other guest tables – and enjoy your time together, reflecting on the day and watching your guests enjoy the night.

Ms Chinoiserie Says: I love the idea of taking some time out and enjoying a little picnic as part of your photoshoot; so sweet! And so private…

About Brisbane City Celebrants: We are a modern, happy and passionate Wedding Celebrant duo that simply LOVE celebrating love!

Photographer: Twig and Fawn Photography / Celebrant (and Waiter - thanks Jamie!): Brisbane City Celebrants / Styling and Décor Hire: Brisbane Wedding Decorators / Flowers: New England Flower Co. / Bride's Dress: Goddess by Nature / Jewellery: Redki Couture Jewellery / Hair & Makeup Artist: Shannon Hope Make Up Artist / Groom's Attire: Wil Valor / Invitations & Stationery: The Rustic At Heart